I got my belly button pierced 4 years ago on my 16th birthday. At first it was sore, and it did get infected (pretty much the same way all the 14 year olds on here were complaining about puss and scabs and swelling) I remember the woman who did my piercing told/warned me that it wasn't going to look pretty while it was healing.(I got mine done at a professional piercing parlor that was so clean you could literally eat off the floor) Also, when you first get it pierced, you are suppose to get a ring, because it's a whole lot easier to clean, plus you have to move the ring around so it can heal. I was told I could change it to a barbell in 6 months, but I waited till it was completely healed. When it was infected, I put neosporin on it and it worked magic for me. I would put it around the piercing and on the ring and turn my ring so it could get inside the hole. Once it healed I changed it to a barbell, and it never go infected again. I have no redness around the hole or anything to worry about. I looks like it never got infected, or was ever swollen! (Knock on wood).
I've been debating for a while if I should take it out because sometimes when my ring would get caught on something it hurt like a Bleet and I'm growing out of it..over the fad! Plus, I do want to have kids someday, and I don't want to wait till the last minute to take it out. I'm well aware of the scaring, but is it worth it to take it out? It seems like every forum I've read on this subject, most people seem to get it re-pierced just to hide the scar, but to be honest, if thats the only way to hide the scar, I might as well just live with the stupid decision I made when I was a teenager. Since I have no bumps, infections, or redness near the piercing site now, will my scar not be THAT bad? I'm prepared to buy scar cream, cocoa butter, and vitamin e, and rub it on my ringless bb piercing like crazy....
sorry this was really long, but can anyone give me advice from past experience?